Rosalind Franklin Institute
About the Institute
The Rosalind Franklin Institute has been created as an independent institute to develop and accelerate the application of disruptive technologies and next-generation physical science methods that will underpin future advances in the life sciences.
The Institute will operate on a ‘hub and spokes basis’: a purpose-built facility on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, in Oxfordshire, close to the Diamond synchrotron and other national science infrastructure; and satellite activity (facilities access and research) at leading universities across the UK. It will act as a focal point for collaboration between academia and industry, and between different disciplines; and as a national centre of excellence for the development and integration of breakthrough technologies.
The Institute is designed to promote long-term value creation and societal benefit. Impacts will arise through both direct (technology) outputs from the RFI itself, and the third-party application of RFI outputs. The institute will focus on five initial overlapping technology focus areas which include new strategies and chemical tools for drug discovery, and a range of multi-modal imaging and analytical platforms.
- Correlated Imaging
- Biological Mass Spectrometry
- Imaging with Sound and Light
- Next Generation Chemistry for Medicine
- Structural biology
The Institute is formed from a joint venture between ten leading UK universities and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and is funded by a £100m government grant. The lead delivery partner for this investment is the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). To learn more about the institute, visit
Opportunities at the Rosalind Franklin Institute: